CUMBERLAND — For many years, 200 averages and 300 games were the highest goals in bowling and were incredibly difficult to attain. For the past 15 years, however, technology has enabled bowlers to attain averages well in excess of 225 and 300 games have become more commonplace.

The United States Bowling Congress has recognized this issue and came up with “Sport Bowling” to help once again to put skill in front of technology.

In today’s fast-paced environment, we sometimes lose sight of the challenge of the sport for the needs of the standard bowler. The differences between skill and technology have become blurred, and the USBC believes it is time to provide the crystal clarity to those differences.

“Sport Bowling” is the answer to the request of many bowlers who want to bring credibility back to the sport they love. By creating sanctioned, competitive leagues it allows for the skills of the bowler to take a big step in that direction.

As an analogy for those unfamiliar with how lane conditions differ in bowling, “Sport Bowling” will be like playng from the championship tees in golf. It will be much more difficult to get strikes, but is a truer test for the most skilled bowler than normal league conditions.

This fall, “Sport Bowling” will be coming to Western Maryland for the first time. An organizational meeting for the “Tri-State Sport Bowling League” will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at White Oak Lanes in Cumberland. Along with rewards and challenges of bowling on the USBC’s sports condition, this league also promises to the largest league prize fund in Western Maryland Bowling history.

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